How Electric Shock and Electrocution Injuries Usually Occur
Electricity travels through a conductor in a closed circuit, and an electrical shock occurs when a person’s body becomes part of that circuit (our bodies are naturally efficient conductors). To complete the electrical path, a person must be somehow touching both wires of an electric circuit, one wire of an energized circuit and the ground, a metal part of of a piece of equipment or device that is accidentally electrified, or some other type of conductor carrying an electrical current.
The most common way for workers to receive an electric shock is through contact with an overhead power line. This typically occurs when a worker touches equipment that is accidentally energized such as ladders, tools, or vehicles. We have also handled cases against electric companies that have failed to properly deenergize power lines when work is being performed on or near the line. Improperly installed machinery and old or compromised power tools that are defective or improperly maintained are also responsible for many electric shock injuries.
The electrical shock and electrocution cases we handle often involve severe burns, neuropathy, cardiac arrest and other organ disfunction, and even death. Falls are a secondary injury to many electric shocks or electrocution injuries. When a person comes into contact with live electricity, their muscles will often contract violently. Sometimes a person will lose their balance or actually be thrown away from the source of the shock by their own body. This can result in traumatic brain injury (TBI), back and neck injuries, and other traumatic injuries.
Electric Shock and Electrocution Cases are Different than Other Personal Injuries
We understand the catastrophic and heart-wrenching impact that an electrical injury or electrocution wrongful death will have on victims and the devastated families left behind. Other than burns, many electric shock and electrocution injuries, such as neuropathy, are often “invisible injuries” that cannot be seen, making recovery more difficult.
Furthermore, the defendants responsible for electric shock and electrocution injuries are often well funded and large electric companies or product manufacturers. These companies typically aggressively deny liability.
That’s why we make it a priority to allow you to focus on healing, while we focus on holding the responsible parties accountable. We believe exposing and proving every single safety violation is the best way to protect the families affected by these tragic events. This requires extensive knowledge of electric company and utility company safety rules, OSHA regulations and other rules and regulations governing electrical companies and manufacturers.
This takes time and experience that other Cincinnati personal injury attorneys and Ohio personal injury attorneys lack. We work tirelessly to receive full and fair compensation for electric shock and electrocution clients, and to make our communities safer from utility and electrical companies that don’t follow safety rules.
Electric Shock and Electrocution – Your Rights
We will help you understand your legal rights after an electrocution or electric shock injury has changed your life or taken away your loved one. We explain:
- The legal duties utility and electrical companies have to inspect and maintain equipment in the name of public safety.
- The various engineering, scientific and medical expert witnesses we hire to investigate and prove negligent acts.
- Common mistakes attorneys make when litigating electrical injury or wrongful death lawsuits.
- The compensation you are entitled to, including for medical bills, lost wages and lost profits, loss of future earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
Call us anytime if you or a loved one has suffered an electric shock or electrocution injury that may have been caused by the negligence of a power company, a utility, an electric company or any other person or entity.
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Don’t suffer alone or think there’s nothing that you can do. Remember, without a trusted personal injury lawyer representing you, the defendant might try to decrease your compensation, including money you’d receive to cover medical bills and damage